Sunday, March 25, 2007

Making the Web Your Bitch

(Sensitive readers, please substitute "Making the Web Work for You" for the title of this post.)

I do a lot of research on the web. A lot. Some of what I find, I use. And some of what I use (or plan to use), I want to keep. How to do that? The answer, at least one of the best answers, is Diigo. With Diigo you can bookmark, highlight, annotate, collaborate and more. A scenario, if you will: You're trying to gather some useful information on a health issue. When you do a search on the topic, you run across some pages that have a useful paragraph or two. But how can you keep a record of all these pages, and how do you isolate the specific paragraphs you want, and then how can you send the useful parts to someone else? Diigo does it all. You simply highlight the paragraphs you want, click the Diigo button on your Diigo toolbar, then hover your mouse over the highlighted section. Then you can create a stick note that will come up when you mouse over that section. Say whatever you want about it.

There's so much more you can do. You can create a group of people who are researching a topic together so that you can collaborate. You can easily blog the information you're finding. You can tag your information for easy searching. You can archive it, make it private or share it with the world. The list goes on. Diigo is an excellent tool to have in your toolbox for making the most of what the web has to offer. Get it here!